Born March 17, 1964, actor Rob Lowe is best-known for his roles in TV’s The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters and Parks and Recreation. After his parents divorced, Lowe’s mother moved the family from Ohio to California. It was there that he befriended future actors Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen and Sean Penn.
Lowe’s big break came when he appeared in the 1983 TV movie Thursday’s Child, for which he earned his first Golden Globe nomination. He was later cast in The Outsiders, though he was disappointed when the majority of his scenes were cut. In the ’80s, he was dubbed a member of the Brat Pack along with Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy.
The actor continued to work in film, landing parts in About Last Night… and St. Elmo’s Fire. While campaigning for Michael Dukakis in 1988, he was involved in a sex scandal after an illicit video was made public. Two years later, on May 10, 2013, Lowe entered rehab and got sober.
Lowe — whose other movie credits include Wayne’s World, Tommy Boy and Austin Powers — married makeup artist Sheryl Berkoff in July 1991. They have two sons, Matthew and John Owen.
Lowe’s autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, was released in 2011.